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List your local, save your pub

By thirsty hack Ignatius Rake

Posted April 13, 2013
save your pub by listing it as a community asset under the provisions of the Localism Act 2011
Get listing: Communities need their boozers. (Check bottom for credit)

New campaign seeks to stop pubs being turned into bollocks. Top 150 Local Real Ale Pubs also announced.

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has launched a "a major new campaign" in tandem with its Community Pubs Month initiative that seeks to encourage communities to list their local pubs as community assets under the provisions of the Localism Act 2011.

According to a press release we should have run a week or so ago but which we somehow failed to notice until now, the List Your Local initiative aims to get 300 UK pubs listed as Assets of Community Value with local councils by the end of this year.

But why?

Well, at a time when, CAMRA says, "high property prices mean pubs are being targeted for conversion into supermarkets, fast food outlets and housing developments", the listing of a pub prevents it from being sold on without the local community being told.

Such listing also strengthens the local council's hand in refusing planning applications from developers while giving the local community a window of up to six months in which to place a bid to buy the pub should it be put up for sale.

Citing a February 2013 CAMRA/TNS Tracking Survey, CAMRA CEO Mike Benner states: "Three quarters of pub-goers believe that a well-run community pub is as important to community life as a post office, local shop or community centre, and as such CAMRA is delighted that the government has recognised this and empowered communities to protect their pubs."

"By listing their local, communities are ensuring that if the pub is under threat in the future, there is a much-needed extra layer of protection which 'stops the clock' should it be put up for sale."

"With 18 pubs closing every week and pubs increasingly a target for developers, this new power is a massive step forward in the battle to protect valued pubs."

To find out more about the List Your Local campaign, have a click of this.

Meanwhile, on the subject of lists, CAMRA has also now named what it considers to be the UK's Top 150 Local Real Ale Pubs, all of which were selected by local CAMRA branch members on the grounds of customer service, value for money, decor, customer mix, atmosphere and, most importantly of all, the quality of beer served.

Sadly, due to a pressing need to visit his own local, this particular hack simply can't be arsed to faff around listing each and everyone right now.

Fortunately for you, though, the entire list can be seen here along with a little note stating that while "a total of 166 pubs are included in the list" some CAMRA branches "have not yet announced their winner and as such may not feature".

So there, although why it's called the Top 150 when it lists 166 with possibly more to come is something science has yet to explain.

Like shedloads of other things really.

Like why does bog roll tatse funny?

Anyway, the majority of these winning pubs will now move forward to CAMRA's Regional Pub of the Year competition.

The winner of that, to be announced in September, will then be eligible for the CAMRA National Pub of the Year Award, which itself will be revealed this coming February.

"These winning pubs," Benner says, "have been voted the best in their local areas by the local CAMRA members and are examples of the kind of well run and valued community pubs we hope to see more of throughout the UK."


Time for that pint, I think.

See also It's Community Pubs Month!, posted 4/4/13.

Picture credit

Top and thumb: The Railway Inn and Plume of Feathers in Princetown, Devon by Derek Harper.

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